Queensland Reds coach Nick Stiles has swung the axe, dropping Wallaby Kane Douglas to hand young gun Izack Rodda his first start.
Rodda's inclusion is one of three changes to the starting XV which was rolled by the Western Force last Thursday.
Fleet-footed livewire Izaia Perese comes in for Chris Kuridrani and Hendrik Tui replaces Adam Korczyk.
At 20, Rodda impressed the Ballymore brains trust with a strong 18-minute cameo against the Sharks in round one, highlighted by a pivotal lineout steal which went a long way to winning that game.
His 119kg, 2.02m frame packs a punch when he carries the ball and Stiles has shown tremendous faith in his ability by backing him to take on the all-conquering Crusaders lineout, which has been impeccable in the first two rounds.Douglas can feel a touch hard done by as he has been passable in Queensland's first two games but Stiles is sending a message after the "atrocious" performance against the Force.
“The changes to the starting team reflect the depth we have in the squad at the moment," Stiles said.
"Everyone has worked hard and deserve their opportunities.
"As coaches, we want guys challenging for starting spots every week.
"There are no guarantees when it comes to selection.”Perese's inclusion is no surprise.
He showed his capabilities when he made his debut in a 16 minute cameo in Perth, twice brushing Luke Morahan on the right wing with his powerful fend.
There isn't much of the Churchie product at 91kg but his game features lightning acceleration, fast-stepping feet and strength well above his weight.
Korczyk was immense against the Sharks in round one but just fair against the Force and with a player of Tui's capabilities sitting on the pine, Stiles has opted for fresh legs.
The Reds host the Crusaders at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night, kicking off at 7:45pm AEDT LIVE on FOX SPORTS and via radio on RUGBY.com.au.
Reds team to take on the Crusaders
1. James Slipper (C)
2. Stephen Moore
3. Sam Talakai
4. Rob Simmons
5. Izack Rodda
6. Hendrik Tui
7. George Smith
8. Scott Higginbotham
9. Nick Frisby
10. Quade Cooper
11. Eto Nabuli
12. Duncan Paia’aua
13. Samu Kerevi
14. Izaia Perese
15. Karmichael Hunt
16. Andrew Ready
17. Sef Fa’agase
18. Taniela Tupou
19. Kane Douglas
20. Adam Korczyk
21. James Tuttle
22. Jake McIntyre
23. Chris Kuridrani